Arts and Culture
Late Qing fiction in women’s magazines such as China’s New Women’s World established in the 1900s evidences the emergence of women’s rights in China. Although unsophisticated, it is significant and worth reflecting on. From the above example we can see, on the one hand, an enthusiastic initiative by female authors using the concept of women’s consciousness to exemplify women shouldering political tasks to fulfil their national duty. On the other hand we have a male value-reconstruction discourse on women’s missionary duty to the nation. In the face of national crises, women’s role was for the first time politicized. Aspirations for women’s liberation were strongly matched with national interests. Finally, this paper argues the legitimacy and correctness for women to observe their political duties, which are much needed, as a base and core, to establish the legitimate discourse for women’s liberation.